Objectives of the Foundation

The Claire Williams O’Neil Foundation seeks to improve prospects for the youth of the Susquehanna area. It works directly with the Susquehanna Community School District on initiatives which encourage its students to pursue higher education.

In 2000, the Foundation established a scholarship program aimed at enabling Susquehanna Community High School students to study at the highest quality colleges and universities in the country—and aim that might be beyond their normal expectations. Since its inception, this program has allowed SCHS graduates to attend such institutions as Syracuse, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Boston University, New York University, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell and the Pratt Institute.

In recent years, the Foundation has funded SAT preparation programs, field trips to area industrial/commercial facilities, excursions to colleges/universities and a SCHS student mentor program.

In 2013, the Foundation in partnership with DTE Energy, established a second scholarship program for students to prepare for careers in technology. This program is funded by DTE Energy.

In working in partnership with the Susquehanna Community High School, the Foundation supports the high academic ambitions of the Susquehanna Community School District.